GreenTech launches renewable energy education program
Solar panels have been installed at Triple C school as part of a project to teach students about renewable energy.
GreenTech has partnered with the school to introduce a pilot program – Project Green Schools – which it hopes to roll out at schools across the Cayman Islands.
The program involves experts from four sustainable energy firms helping to teach students about the science behind green energy.
A solar panel array, installed on the roof of Triple C school in February, will help meet part of the school’s energy needs as well as provide a hands-on learning tool for children to see how solar energy works.
James Whittaker, chief executive officer of GreenTech [no relation to the reporter], said he wants to help integrate renewable energy into the science curriculum.
He said the object of the program is to teach students about ways to be sustainable and to open up new opportunities to Cayman’s students in the growing renewable energy sector.
Students who excel in the program will be taken on as interns at GreenTech.
“The goal of Project Green Schools is to bring real-world learning and understanding to students as to the technologies, benefits and career possibilities of sustainability and renewable energy,” Mr. Whittaker said.
The pilot project at Triple C was made possible by a $20,000 donation from the Theda Whittaker Foundation, a charity set up in honor of Mr. Whittaker’s late wife.
GreenTech is looking for other sponsors and corporate donors to help spread the program throughout Cayman’s schools.
“The economic and job opportunities within this industry are growing every day,” said Mr. Whittaker.
He said solar energy is just one part of the equation. Energy efficiency through building design and sustainable development are also growing industries, he said.
“We want sustainable energy for this generation to be built into the fabric of what the school does,” he added.
Curriculum materials and solar experiment kits are provided to Triple C’s faculty, and a series of educational classes and presentations for students are also part of the program.
Students, parents and the public will be able to view images, monitoring data and general information about the program, and the schools that are participating, on the program’s Facebook page.
“These educational tools and classes will not only teach the students about how to build a sustainable future for the Cayman Islands, but hopefully draw some kids into the field as a career,” said Mr. Whittaker.